Wood burning oven with gas fireplace underneath
Good day to all oven builders and culinary chefs!
This is my second pizza oven completed 6/1/12. I built my first in Rome, New York in in the year 1998. This one I designed is at my second home in Palm Springs California. I custom designed this oven to have dual heat.
The fireplace below the oven is fired natural gas, the pizza oven above is wood fired. This enables me to get the pizza oven to cooking temperature much faster and at the same time to maintain a more constant temperature after reaching the full heat up. I believe this may be the first system of its kind. We also use the oven for other dishes – roasted vegetables, racks of lamb etc. It works perfectly.
The internal chamber of the pizza oven is roughly 30 inches by 35 inches and is supported by steel plate under fire brick. The steel allows for rather quick transfer of heat to the firebrick. The dome is constructed of firebrick. This design also allows for easy replacement of fire brick since they are laid mortar free on top of the steel. The steel is also laid loose for easy replacement. I am quite proud of this design it is ready to cook in less than an hour. I will mail cooking pictures separately at a later date as we don’t intend to use it for another week or so.
Nat from Palm Springs in California
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